Mr. Moser, you are a cloud architect. Why do companies need you when they want to use a cloud?
I support companies in making sure that the cloud solution does the best possible job of meeting their business needs. Our customers from the automotive and logistics sectors, for example, need my support to draw up technical specifications and implement solutions, whether it’s for migrating a legacy application or developing a new program in the cloud. Many companies are still unable to do that sort of thing on their own at the present time, unless they have in-house IT specialists for cloud services. In consultation with the client, I design an IT architecture that allows me to optimally integrate its application into the cloud. Usually I work with one of the leading public cloud platforms: Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure. The decision ultimately depends on the type of program and on any interfaces that may already exist. What matters in the end is linking the various components in such a way that they produce a stable system.
And above all a secure system, right?
The top priority for businesses is that their data is secure even when using cloud services. Usually that data involves sensitive information that must not end up in the hands of outsiders. The issue of data protection has become more relevant than ever since the GDPR took effect. We cloud experts at Lufthansa Industry Solutions also have our eyes on this topic and provide our clients with comprehensive support.
The use of cloud services usually means external assistance and additional financial expense for companies. So why should they still rely on cloud computing?
The bottom line is that cloud computing saves business and private individuals money and effort despite the investment. Companies used to have to spend a lot of money on buying IT infrastructures in advance to provide them with a basis for developing applications. By using the cloud, they now only have to pay for the applications they need, and for the time they need them. That makes it easier for small and medium-sized enterprises as well to try out new applications without having to make extensive hardware investments at the start. As a result, cloud platforms significantly help to facilitate the use of IT innovations.
What does that mean in the real world?
It lets developers test their applications on real IT infrastructure right away, at the press of a button. They can delete it after the test is done. After that, there are no more additional costs. The ready availability of infrastructure encourages people to try things out, thereby advancing innovation and greatly accelerating the journey from prototype to minimum viable product and on to a business application. That aspect is something I cannot emphasize enough: Cloud computing is an important economic factor for businesses.
Cloud services make it easier for small and medium-sized enterprises to try out new applications.Daniel Moser, Cloud Architect
It is clear how passionate you are about the topic. What makes it so interesting to you?
In progress and in the democratization of technology. It breaks up traditional silos: here IT, there developers, somewhere else the department and its users. “DevOps” is a term that comes to mind here. The field of cloud computing is also developing rapidly. Artificial intelligence, which is increasingly being developed and operated using cloud infrastructure due to the extreme computing capacity often required, is a major driving force behind this fast evolution. With data-driven technology set to make further inroads into every industry, cloud computing is going to grow even more relevant in the future.
The job is demanding. You always have to be on your A game. But it also offers a steep learning curve as a result. I often get to work with new clients and am constantly learning about new technologies. For example, I was recently involved in a big data project for a client that was launched on the basis of Hadoop. Slowly but surely, we added further technologies such as Kubernetes and Azure. That kind of thing lets you learn and grow faster than in hardly any other job, not only professionally, but also in terms of soft skills such as project management. Those with boldness and vision can take on responsibility in no time flat. I, for one, was able to take over as being in charge of a ten-person team roughly a year and a half ago – and I’m happy about that.
About Daniel Moser
Daniel Moser has been a cloud architect at Lufthansa Industry Solutions’ Norderstedt location since August 2016. Prior to joining the company, he earned a degree in bioinformatics before working toward a doctorate in cheminformatics.